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Reboot + HKQAL Annoucement

November 29, 2015

I don’t even know where to start with this pathetic blog post.  I haven’t blogged since January 26th!  Yes, it’s been close to a year.

If this is your first time visiting my blog,  let me tell you a bit about myself in a bullet point list:

  • Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah (born n’ raised)
  • Happily married for 16 years now
  • Two kids (16yr old boy & 5 yr old girl) | Teen mom before it was cool.  My husband and I said, “We’re not having another one until we get our shit together”

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  • Director of Operations for a day job
  • Bachelor’s in Business with an emphasis in Accounting
  • 34 going on 35 (or how about this born in 1980)
  • Started sewing 6 years ago (mostly self taught)
  • Starting Sewtopia in 2013 after leaving the Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors as the Treasurer


  • Favorite color is red
  • Foodie at heart but all time favorite food is Sushi
  • Love everything Hello Kitty
  • Love everything about Adventure Time

Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations recent posted, “5 Things I Wished I’d Known before Starting a Blog”  I read the post and thought, “Shit I really need to blog more. . .”

When I started this blog it was meant for family updates, then it went through this politically rant phase.  My first entry was 3.1.04 (most of them are private now). Then it became a sewing/projects blog.

I started sewing before my baby girl was born.  I needed a hermit hobby because I wasn’t in a good circle of friends.  Making friends was hard, and I thought I should just stop trying.  Being a mom and wife with a full time job is demanding and I needed a hobby for myself.  I enrolled in a quilting class and was hooked. Started following blogs and joined Flickr groups.  My blog quickly became a place where I would show my projects.  I joined our local modern guild aka Salt Lake Modern Guild.  My hermit hobby was connecting me to more friends and I was so thankful for that.

I got caught up in creating and making my brand/name.  What does that mean? Well I had to keep making projects and showing people my creations.  I started neglecting things that were important in my life.  Selfish.  Until one day things just exploded.  Things were bad, but not enough that I couldn’t course correct.  I took a break from things and worked on my relationships at home.  Time passed and things were good.  I stopped focusing on the rat race.  I only took on what I could take and communicated more with my husband before taking on new ventures.

Sewtopia began after I left the MQG Board of Directors.  I remember starting Sewtopia and how afraid I was.  What if it’s a complete utter failure?!?! With the support of my husband and family, I knew no matter how it ended, I would have known that I tried.  Now with 3 events under our belts. I’m thankful for where I am and can’t imagine things happening any other way.

After much consideration, this blog will become a way to share my ideas and perspectives and have a conversation with friends.  It’s more a forum than a blog but regardless what it is or not, it needs to have life, meaning I need to dedicate time to write.



Rebooting my blog is on the list for 2016.  Blogging once a year is terrible.  I think my blog posts will be monthly updates on what I’m working or not working on.  With a reboot, I thought I’d announce my HKQAL!  This will be a 10 week Quilt Along.   The quilt measures 72×72,  Hope you can join along!!!


12.8.15: Fabric Requirements & Cutting Instructions

12:15.15 Block 1 thru 4 (POSTPONED)

12.22.15 Block 1 thru 4

12.29.15 Block 5 thru 8

1.5.16 Block 9 thru 12

1.12.16 Block 13 thru 16

1.19.16 Block 17 thru 21

1.26.16 Block 22 thru 26

2.2.16 Block 27 thru 31

2.23.16 Block 32 thru 35

3.1.16 Finishing #HKQAL up 

3.8.16 Extra Blocks for Twin Size

HK Quilt Finish